CORRECTION: A recalculation of the points for the FEI World Cup Eventing has revealed that Switzerland’s Felix Vogg has won the 2012 title, not Karin Donckers (BEL) as previously advised. Please note corrected copy below.
Lausanne (SUI), 29 August 2012 – Switzerland’s Felix Vogg has won the FEI World Cup Eventing 2012 title. The 22-year-old finished the World Cup season on 86 points, level with Belgium’s Karin Donckers, but under the series rules, in the event of equality, the rider with the highest placing is declared the winner and Vogg’s second place finish in Strzegom (POL) has secured him the title and the winner’s cheque of €9,000.
Felix Vogg competed at three World Cup fixtures during the 2012 series – Strzegom, Malmö (SWE), where he finished seventh and 11th, and Haras du Pin (FRA), where he finished 12th. With only the three best performances counting, Vogg’s 38 points from Strzegom and 48 (28/20) from his two Malmö placings bettered the 18 earned in Haras du Pin and the points from the French fixture were dropped from his tally, leaving him on 86.
Karin Donckers also ended the FEI World Cup Eventing season on 86 points, after finishing third, eighth and ninth in Haras du Pin, to leave her second overall in the series.
Lausanne (SUI), 27 August 2012 – Karin Donckers, Belgium’s leading lady rider, can add the 2012 FEI World Cup Eventing title to her long list of honours after scoring three top 10 places in a highly successful raid at Haras du Pin (FRA), the final leg of the season.
She was third on the 12-year-old thoroughbred Lamicell Charizard, a horse Donckers bought as a two-year-old at a racing sales in Germany, and eighth and ninth on two eight-year-olds, Lamicell Unique and Extebaria Van’t Verahof.
The first rider to win the FEI World Cup Eventing title, worth €9,000 this season, through scoring all points in just one outing, Donckers finished just two points ahead of Swiss rider Felix Vogg, who had headed the leaderboard after Malmö (SWE) earlier this month.
Vogg earned points at three events: Strzegom (POL), where he was the runner-up, Malmö, where he was seventh, and Haras du Pin, where he finished 12th with Onfire.
Pau, 5 November – Two of the world’s best exponents of the Dressage phase are sharing the lead at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the eagerly awaited finale to the 2010 HSBC FEI Classics.
Karin Donckers (BEL), who only just missed an individual medal at the recent Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, was the first of the field of 38 to score below 50, and about an hour later there were no surprises when Britain’s Ruth Edge equalled her score of 41.8 penalties.
Their two horses have contrasting experience: Donckers’s Lamicell Charizard, who she bought as a two-year-old from racing sales in Germany, is now 10 and contesting his first CCI4; Edge’s 17-year-old Two Thyme won Luhmühlen in 2007 and led the Dressage at Burghley this year before a Cross-Country refusal put paid to their chances.